Cricut March Madness Box . 3 11/15 and …stuff

Are you ready for Box 3? The new box is SUPPLIES…. and we all need those right?

The contents of this box are  going to cost $34.99 and are valued  at $89.91 …. Ok so ..what is in the box.. by all accounts from what I can see.. so guarantees….BUT.. 2 rolls of window cling, 3 rolls of glitter vinyl, a roll of adhesive foil, 3 pearlescent paper sample packs in neutral, pastels and bold colors. All things I don’t have and really would like to play with… hurry up pay day. Quantities are limited so grab it while you can.


Cricut March Mystery Box #3 – Supplies

Free shipping at Cricut with code MYSTERYMARCH

Get $14.99 Flat Rate Shipping to Canada on all orders $50+

10% off + free standard shipping with code LOVECRICUT (EXCLUDES AIR 2 and CRICUT ACCESS)


Have you seen the Cricut Mint Machine Bundle…?  check out that price and all the goodies that come with it.  I am so coveting the new Explore 2… I would love one of these.   If you are totally new to Cricut, which is rare nowadays… but always a possibility..   There are so many cool things you can do with these machines…way beyond what Cricut even show you. Card making, scrapbooking, home decor, kids crafts, personalized clothing, gifts, packaging…… just  the tip of the iceberg.



We had one member on the message board who made all of the signs  for his re-enactment group.

Me.. I bought mine to make custom photo mats then got hooked ..and there is still a tonne of things I haven’t even tried yet.

One of my favorite  things about my Cricut is the aftermarket Adapters I bought,  which sadly are not available for the ONE.. but they are available for the Explore, Explore Air and Air 2 and those are  FANTASTIC. these are pen adapters for the Circut by a company called Chomas Creations and they allow you to expand the range of pens you can use in your Cricut.  For people like me..that is HUGE…it has opened up a whole new world of potential projects that I wouldn’t normally attempt because my handwriting is terrible and my calligraphy skills.. non existent lol.  But not just that..  that means I can draw with so many more pens than before…




One of my favorites and one of the most popular pins on my pinterest page is this.. the powder embossing done on the Explore. Yup.. POWDER EMBOSSING drawn on the Cricut.









This allows me to take  designs and instead of cutting them, I can draw them and emboss them.. LOVE LOVE LOVE this.  There are other embossing pens, including one I made myself.. but these Zig Embossing pens coupled with the Chomas Adapter.. SWEET !!!




















Anyone who is a regular on here knows how much I love my Zip pens.. and  most all of them will work in my Cricut with the adapter… with the exception of the  big chalk pens. But that is ok…. because I can outline on the Cricut then trace over it with my bigger pens when I want to do chalk signs.  Way better than anything I could ever achieve by hand.





And of course.. the ..  how could I not share what is probably my favorite paper to use on the Cricut.. this stuff is AWESOME.



It cuts beautifully, looks and feels amazing and gives a little extra something something to projects.



These projects were done with Black Velvet paper, but it comes in a bunch of other colors.. including white, which I love to print and color digital stamps on.


















Did I mention stencils…  check out this etched glass beer stein I made a couple of years ago using a stencil I made and cut on the Cricut. This was for one of our message board challenges. I  Just cut my stencil from vinyl, slapped it on..slapped on etching cream and voila.. a fun beer mug  ūüôā

 









…so by now, if you are new to the Cricut….you are probably beginning to realize the Cricut can do a lot more than just use images on cartridges and on Design Space Access…. Yup you can upload your own designs or designs purchased elsewhere. Card templates, toppers, digital stamps.  I’ve  got a confession… I don’t subscribe to Access, I own probably 10 cartridges.. and I use my Cricut to make a lot of cool projects.   So if the price of Access, or the designs not being to your taste is something that was holding you back ..  never fear… this machine still has a lot to offer.

Print and Cut is fantastic, and when the DS3 ( Design Space update) comes out soon… it’s going to be even better.  I for one.. can’t wait.  DS3 has so many cool new features… admittedly there are still some things I would love to have added on…  because I am used to having them in my graphics programs.. but it’s not a big deal to do it externally and then upload them.

Check out some of these fun projects done using Cricut Print and cut…

KennyK Stamps key holder

3D layered Cute As A Button Slate Wall Plaque

 

 

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CraftsUPrint Cricut SVG cut file Catch up!

I had a bunch of new files before Christmas that I didn’t get to  make up….so I decided to play catch up and zipped through a few of them tonight. One of them was already cut, another was already made up..I just didn’t get a chance to photograph it.  The other two I had made up, but messed up … so these were remakes and I actually like these versions better anyway LOL.

Now bear in mind I get SVG’s because I have a Cricut Explore, but most of these designers design in multiple formats for various cutting machines.  So when I refer to design space or Cricut,  that doesn’t mean you can’t use these cut files too…check and see.

Also… just an FYI, these files are not always as standard.  I  import them into Design Space and tweak them a little to suit my own needs. Changing cut areas to write, duplicating layers and using the contour tool to remove the cut outs etc to create a solid background on layers…  moving score lines to give a 3/4 fold etc.  So please bear in mind most of these files come with a center fold and are  set up for cutting, not writing.  If you are new to the Cricut, you may not know how  to modify things like that yet… never fear..it’s not rocket science.



Ok first one  was a remake… I originally started with a watercolored background in the cutouts, looked great but I bombed it when I stuck in on the inside… so take 2.. has a vellum insert and some cute pink ribbon detailing.  I scalloped the card on my paper cutter for a softer edge.

This cut file is: floral card 2 by Clive Couter, I have a few of his designs and really enjoy using these.

Next is a  simple little hello card. I had pre-cut this on green glitter card with the intention of using a Christmas design, but Christmas is long gone… so I just switched out that idea and  used a stamp from one of the new Layering sets by Hampton Arts.  I die cut the circle with a die from some Steampunk gears I picked up on Ebay.  It is stamped with Stazon and colored with Zig Clean Color… and a simple little “Hello” die sentiment, again an Ebay buy.

 

This cut file is from: over-the-fold-cards-1 by Lyn Simms

The next one was  done on black card using  a Zig chalk pen and pencils and I added an oversized die cut sentiment. I also flipped it on it’s side.  You will need a Chomas Adapter to use the Zig pens to write and draw on your Cricut Explore.

 

This cut file is: floral-over-the-edge-5
by apetroae-stefan

This one I duplicated the layer, welded  the holly leaves and  then  moved the score line to create a half fold hard.  I would probably have added in some red cabochons for the holly berries… but to be honest.. I have no idea where I stuck them lol.

 

 

 

This cut file is: over-the-edge-christmas-holly by  apetroae-stefan


 






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Sympathy card drawn with a Chalk Marker pen on the Cricut Explore

I adapted this CUP cut file to draw the design on my Cricut Explore, as opposed to cutting it.  Love this effect!

I imported the SVG file into Design space, created a duplicate and used the contour feature to create a cut file of the outline, I then switched the original from cut, to write and used a Zig  dual tipped chalk pastel marker pen to draw the design.  I added in some tiny pearl cabochons and a sympathy sentiment die by  Gina Marie Designs.

This would look great done in a black pen  on white then colored with markers too.
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I love the versatility of these over the edge card cut files.  This one I re-proportioned to create a square card, instead of the original rectangular card.

Cut File  OVER THE EDGE FLORAL BORDER 10 by Apetroae Stefan

Zig Chalk Pastel Marker ( requires the Chomas Creations marker adapter for use in the Cricut Explore..not available for the ONE)

Gina Marie Designs Sympathy die

Zig 2 way glue

Cricut Explore 

Be sure to grab your Friday Freebie at CraftsUPrint

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Cricut 12 Days of Christmas Flash Sale extended! coupons & project ideas

If you still haven’t picked your Cricut Explore up.. ¬†you still have time. ¬†Cricut extended their flash sale and you can pick up an Explore Machine, or Bundle and still get it before Christmas if you order by the 16th.

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Deals on the Explore start at $139, there is a deal for every budget… ¬†Shop now and ¬†have yourself a Very Merry Cutmas! ¬†Deals and Coupons ¬†below
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Explore’s aren’t just for the ladies… we’ve had guys on our Message Board too… ¬†Guys who do reenactment and ¬†want to build signs and ¬†props for their events. ¬†Model builders who want to customize their projects with their own vinyl decals, stencils or printable decorations. Woodworkers and ¬†toy makers who ¬†need unique designs to personalize items. so many uses for this machine as well as the ¬†card making and scrapbooking people ¬†usually think of.

Fabulous tool for ¬†Crafty Homeschoolers ¬†and teachers too. ¬†So many Fab designs and things you can use in your daily lessons..personalized reward stickers, labels, ¬†decor, ¬†and so many neat ways to ¬†brighten up Essays, reward charts, certificates, calendars, work books ….and more.

Have a chef in the house? Create fun personalized aprons and storage containers with Vinyl products.

Cricut Design Space has 1000’s of images and fonts available for those of you who prefer digital access over cartridges. **Not All Cartridges are available in Design Space… and Cricut Access

Need something more Unique… they have you covered there too. ¬†Import your own files for Print and cut to add your hand colored digital stamps to your projects, turn them into easy 3D Decoupage designs, make your own stencils and upload your own templates to create stunning card designs, boxes and envelopes using files purchased by fab designers on CraftsUPrint, Dreaming Tree and similar Cut File stores.

Create  one of a kind Scrapbook covers and pages, or framed artwork like this:

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Don’t have a Large Format Printer to ¬†print out super Sized digital Stamps for your project ? Cricut has you covered. ¬†This little lady is printed on a sheet of ¬†11×17 Neenah card stock.
kk_toontimeWant to make ¬†intricate cut ¬†layered cards? vellum flowers?¬† gift boxes….¬† here’s a quick peek at some of the past projects you can find on the blog. ¬†Everything from Chalk board vinyl and chalk pens, boxes, intricate cuts, 3D layered images, fabric painting, powder embossing…

 

Make your own magnets with printable vinyl and Magnetic sheet ( also available as pre-cut shapes, perfect  for  gluing your cut projects to).

Draw and Write on Fabric with fabric pens, Create designs for Powder Embossing on the Cricut, love  the Chalk Marker look? .. sorted.  The Adapter I use lets me do it ALL.

Aftermarket Pen and marker Adapter from Chomas Creations ¬†allows you to utilize a wide range of pens for embossing, drawing, fabric design etc. ¬†These Adapters are not available for the Cricut ONE as it utilizes a single cut/writing head feature. ¬†The engraving adapter is available for all Cricut Explore Machines. ¬†My marker Adapter is a permanent fixture in my Explore ¬†ūüôā
The possibilities are endless.. so grab your Cricut Explore and supplies and get ready to start off ¬†2017 in style…

Cricut December Mystery Box – ¬† rumor has it this has a ¬†lot of really cool foil in it and some Cartridges…

30% off most supplies at Cricut¬† Stock up ¬†now, once you get started you won’t want to stop. ¬†Great deals in Supplies, bulk buys and clearance.

Extra 10% off everything (excluding Cricut Access and Explore 2) + free standard shipping with code 12DAYS

Home & Family have a promotion  on Facebook right now, including  promo code Hallmark16 for 20% off .  No  details on any exclusions, so you will just have to give it a try.. but it probably excludes Air 2 and Cricut Access?

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Cricut 12 Days of Christmas Deals – Day 3

Latest Haul – New Zig Pens

I picked up a handful of new pens to try out. ¬† By now you all know I love my Zig pens.. these came from a different supplier, I picked these ones up from Blitsy as I was looking to ¬†try out their service…and of course hoping for a pair of the most coveted Golden Scissors.

Alas .. no golden Scissors this  time

… but I have 3 more orders coming…. so you never know. ¬†Last night’s sleepover was fun… I am tired ¬†today, but it was totally worth it haha.

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so .. here is what I picked up.

Some of the Clean Colors I have been wanting to try… I picked 4 colors I thought I would use most. ¬†I thought these would work great for the Power Poppy Stamps.

2 Chalk Writers ..I had chalk pens ¬†in my Memory System kit, but the white one had different tips to these. I love these chalk pens and the fact they fit in my Cricut Explore with the Chomas Adapters… is totally awesome.

I also picked up some metallics Black, Silver and Gold .. these are also writers and have the fab fine tips I love…AND fit in the Cricut.

I spotted a Millenium Pen and had to give those a ¬†try too..it is like a fine technical drawing tip… much like Precise V5 or the detailer pens.

and last… I grabbed a couple of packs of Daubers.

Looking forward to playing with these … so stay tuned for some projects and more indepth look at these soon.

You still have time to go grab some great deals.. Free Shipping on orders over $29.99 AND

new faster shipping/processing times too…. ūüôā

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Cricut Black Friday Deals are coming…are you ready?

Ok..so who is ready for some Cricut Deals? ¬†If you are totally new to Cricut you are in for a treat…. but I would imagine most all of you are already well aware of the Cricut Explore range of cutting machines.

The possibilities are endless… wedding decor and invites, Vinyl decals, Tshirt decorating, card making… home decor, gifts.. whatever you ¬†are into. ¬†There are so many projects on this blog that include the Cricut Explore’s functionality ¬†.. like the ¬†3D layered image mounted on a slate base… or ¬†the card projects, scrapbook pages and framed art.¬† I can cut, write and draw.. and if you like specialty pens… ¬†you can do fab things with fabric pens, embossing pens and more.

This machine cuts velvet paper, vellum, shrinkydink, card, vinyl and so many more ¬†crafting media .. and the new upgrades to Design Space that are coming… oh baby. ¬†I am so excited … and did I mention the Cricut Explore Air 2 that just came out? ¬† I have the original Expression and an Original Cricut Explore… but this Air 2 …. oooh lllllaaaa la.. yes please !!!

 

Here’s a list of the upcoming deals and coupons you can expect ¬†for Black Friday…. ¬†I will add more ¬†and some Cyber Monday deals in the next day or so.

 

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CraftingAbility/Ziggy Day 21 Mystery Box Prize

sooo…. The CraftingAbility  Ziggyboard mystery Box…. prize that is up for grabs on the Day 21 Amy Chomas End of Spotlight Series Giveaway… have you all checked to see the products the sponsor ImageAbility carries in these stores??
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For those of you that don’t already know… this is the place I get a lot of my goodies… like the Zig pens, Wink of Stella and the fun magnetic chalkboard,chalkboard vinyl and frosted vinyl. And the slate I used on my CAAB projects also came from here. Check out some of my the reviews and projects here  Reviews and Projects

And they were the sponsor for the Zig Kurecolor skintone pack giveaway that just ended.

 
Well .. I can tell you this mystery box will be fun for anyone with a cutting machine .. specially if you have one of Amy’s adapters. But even if you don’t have an adapter yet…or a cutting machine….. it’s still a fun box because I tried to pick out the most versatile products I could to cover lots of different crafty needs and uses.
 
It’s a little bit of a mix… so you get to try out a bunch of stuff instead of just one thing. And most all of it is items I have myself and really like..so I figured someone out there might want to try them too.
 
Even I don’t know EXACTLY what will be in it… but I sent in my list of suggested items and asked for a special sampler pack to be put together just for this giveaway…. and I know at least some of them will make it into the box ūüôā
 
I’m excited to see what makes it into the mystery box too ūüôā



Spotlight Series Day 21, Amy – Chomas Creations

Who are you?

Amy Chomas the owner of Chomas Creations

 

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Chomas Creations Store

Chomas Creations Facebook Page

Chomas Creations Blog

 

 

 

 

Where are you?

Essexville, Michigan

 

What was the first product you ever had for sale?

It was the Chomas Creations mini gel pen holder for the original Cricut machine.  I have upgraded to pen and marker holders for even more machines as well as engraving tips too.

   Cricut Explore & Air Tools  

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 Marker Adapter

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Pen Adapter

Engraver

 Pazzle Cricut  Silhouette
 Cameo  Black Cat Lynx  Gazelle
 KNK  US Cutter  

 

If you could hang out with ANYONE in the world …. ¬†who would it be?….and what is the one question you would want to ask them?

My grandma, I never got to meet her and people tell me I’m just like her. ¬†I would ask her that, do I remind you of me?

 

What’s your favorite craftroom/business supply or tool that you couldn’t live without?  

My paper cutter!

 

If you got locked in an elevator for 6 hours.. who would you most like to be locked in with?

Dr. Josh Axe. ¬†That guy knows a lot about health and I’m reading his articles all the time!

 

What’s your favorite color?

Turquoise

 

What was your favorite subject in school…?

Math

 

What is your best and worst personality trait?

My best? ¬†I’m very outgoing. ¬†My worst? I’m impatient!

 

When was your last REAL vacation and where did you go?

Florida June of 2016 ūüôā First vacation in a long long time

 

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Engraving tip for the Silhouette

 

 

What is your favorite piece in the whole store?

I had no idea all the amazing things the Chomas Creations engraving tip could do until artists started sharing what they were doing with me. ¬†I’ve seen metal clay art work, engraving on leather, engraving on dog tags and blanks, the possibilities are endless.

 

 

 

 

How many people work with/for you?

4, my husband and 3 of my kids

 

Favorite quote?

I’m not here to be average, I’m here to be awesome.

 

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Rice Krispie treats

 

What  job did you have BEFORE you started running Chomas Creations for a living?

Full time mommy!

 

When no one is listening…. do you sing in the shower?

I sing in the shower even when people are listening!

 

What is your most popular item in the store/shop?

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Engraving tip for the Silhouette

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you weren‚Äôt doing what you are doing now…. what job would you have? ¬†

I love health and anything to do with health, and I do run a side business of essential oils because that is now a hobby as mine as well.  I know I have that to fall back on.

 

How long have you been in business?

7 years this July!

 

When you get the midnight munchies… what do you grab?

Fruit

 

Would you go cave diving with sharks?

Heck yes!  As long as I knew how to dive lol!

 

Which decade do you think had the best music?

The 80’s for sure!

 

Have you ever been on a blind date…. and if so.. ¬†was it fun, or a nightmare?

Yes!  And I married him.  He was so not smooth and locked his keys in his truck,  and I thought I would never see him again.

 

What’s your favorite hobby when you want to relax?

Reading

 

What should be written on your gravestone when you die?

She wasn’t here to be average, she was here to be awesome!

 

Do you plan to grow old gracefully, or disgracefully?

I can’t say I’m growing old gracefully as I’m fighting it every step of the way! ¬†I take care of myself, watch what I eat, work out and do everything in moderation.

 

If you were a classic car…. what would you be?

A Pink Cadillac

 

What’s the one song guaranteed to have you shaking your booty anytime, anyplace ..anywhere?

Anything by Pitbull

 

Who scared you most as a kid when you were being naughty.. your parents or the boogey man?

My parents, which is funny because they aren’t intimidating at all!

 

What do you love most about all the people you meet through your work?

How kind hearted they all are and how willing anyone is to answer a question, or give an idea, or when needed offer support.

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Get 10% off your order with  code: craftingcircle 

Code Expires: June 30th

Day 21 Chomas Creations – Mystery Craft Kit Box

PRIZE: Mystery Craft Kit Box
SPONSOR: Imagability РCraftingability.com & Ziggyboard.com

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Eligibility  РUS only Р Spotlight Guests are only excluded from entering their own spotlight giveaway.

How to enter  Р 

  • Visit the¬†Spotlight Series Day 21, Amy ‚Äď Chomas Creations¬†and ¬†leave a comment for the spotlight guest.
  • Come back here and ¬†post “I commented” in the comments for this giveaway. ¬†You must comment on the spotlight guests spotlight post AND this entry post ¬†within the entry time period to be eligible to win.
  • Use a valid email address when commenting/entering, you will need it ¬†to claim ¬†your prize
  • 1 “I commented” entry comment per person on this post please, all others will not be approved ( all posts are under approval, please don’t double post..I may be asleep)Winners:
  • All Winner’s ¬†in the End of Series Giveaway will be picked randomly, either by me…or the sponsor.
  • Winner will be posted on the blog winner list and contacted via email ¬†and must claim their prize within 48 hours,¬†or it will be forfeited and a new winner drawn. I will update the winner list to show what has, or hasn’t been claimed yet.
  • All prizes are furnished by individual spotlight guests, or sponsors. ¬†Physical prizes will require you to supply a valid shipping address. ¬†Digital prizes/codes etc will be sent to the¬†email used to comment NO exceptions¬† to avoid ¬†prize claim theft, which unfortunately does happen.

    OPEN FOR ENTRY COMMENTS JULY 1st through July 10th, 11:59 Central time

    Winner announced July 10-15th

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